Energy policy plays a significant role in the affordability and availability of energy in Europe. The question is more of who picks up the bill: I would also agree that the position taken against the import tax on photovoltaics is a bad idea, but I disagree with the reasoning that it will result in more fossil fuel energy production. Rather, the intent is to keep energy production centralized as opposed to decentralizing it – which is good for the energy industry, and bad for consumers.
Germany has already made a commitment to 'Energiewende' or moving to green energy. That means that energy manufacturers need to shift their strategy towards green energy, regardless of whether it is cheap or expensive: Higher prices will only mean that the price burden is transferred towards consumers, while small-scale installations remain not worth the investment for consumers. Thus the net result is centralized energy.
Petition: Defend Affordable Solar Energy in Europe
Karel De Gucht (EU Commissioner for Trade) can prevent this solar panel import tax that he is threatening to impose.
The EU has proposed a tax on affordable imported solar panels that will make sola